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Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an American actor, often cast as a mobster and best known for the role of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on The Sopranos. Pastore was born in The Bronx, New York, of Italian American descent. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy. He then attended Pace University for 3 years before eventually going into the acting industry after befriending Matt and Kevin Dillon; he was previously a club-owner in New Rochelle, New York.
Pastore has made a career of playing the parts of Italian-American mobsters. He began with small parts in 1990`s GoodFellas and 1993`s Carlito`s Way. In GoodFellas, he is briefly seen rolling a coat rack through the kitchen of The Copacabana and is credited as "Vincent Pastore" playing "Man with Coat Rack". In Carlito`s Way, he is one of the friends of the Italian man that dances with Gail, whom Kleinfeld insults. He is listed in the credits as "Vinny Pastore" playing "Copa Wiseguy." Pastore got a bigger role in the comedy/crime film The Jerky Boys (1995) as Tony Scarboni, one of the three gangsters and Lazarro (Alan Arkin)`s clients. In the 1996 HBO television movie Gotti, Pastore played the character of Angelo Ruggiero, alongside fellow Sopranos cast members Tony Sirico and Dominic Chianese. In 1999, Pastore got his biggest role to date in The Sopranos, where he played the character Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. His character died in the finale of season 2, but Pastore would make a few more appearances over the next few years in dream and flashback sequences. Following The Sopranos, he appeared in Mickey Blue Eyes, Two Family House (with Sopranos cast mates Michael Rispoli, Kathrine Narducci, Matt Servitto, Michele Santopietro, Louis Guss, Rosemary De Angelis, and Sharon Angela), Under Hellgate Bridge, Riding in Cars with Boys. Deuces Wild, Made, Mafia!, The Hurricane, Serving Sara, Carlito`s Way with Sean Penn, American Cousins, A Tale of Two Pizzas, This Thing of Ours, Shark Tale , Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits, and Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. He served as Associate Producer of the film, Doughboys. Television credits include Grounded for Life (2002), character Vinnie Fellachio in Son of a Beach (2002), Law & Order (various roles from 1992 – 1996), soap opera, One Life to Live, hosted Repo-Men/Stealing for a Living, Ed, Queens Supreme, Vegas, and Everybody Hates Chris. In 2007, he starred in the independent feature film P.J., co-starring with Sopranos co-star John Heard and Robert Picardo. In 2008, Pastore entered Daytime, joining the cast of General Hospital as Maximus Giambetti, father of two characters on the show. He once again plays a mobster. He had a role in 2008`s College Road Trip, with Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné, as well as in Our Last Days As Children.
Pastore lost 29 lbs on the fourth season of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club which ran from August 6 to October 1, 2006. Pastore is divorced, having previously been married to Nancy Berke. He became friends with Berke`s subsequent husband, Mitchell, and donated the winnings from his stint on the Apprentice to a charity in his name. He pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee Lisa Regina in 2005; he was sentenced to 70 hours of community service. Regina filed a civil suit against him for $5.5 million dollars; the case went to trial but an undisclosed settlement was reached before the jury had the chance to deliberate. He still lives on City Island in the Bronx. Pastore is a devout fan of the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
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Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is best known for his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.
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